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Light from a Distant Shore
Hollie Smith
Light from a Distant Shore
Genres: Folk, International Music, New Age, Pop
 
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At the age of 16, Hollie turned Celtic music inside out. She reached #2 on the BBC Worldwide C charts and was nominated for "Celtic Album of the Year" by NAV. Combining soaring Celtic melodies with Hollie Smith's unique...  more »

     
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All Artists: Hollie Smith
Title: Light from a Distant Shore
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Etherean Music
Original Release Date: 11/7/2000
Re-Release Date: 9/7/1999
Genres: Folk, International Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Australia & New Zealand, Celtic, Europe, British Isles, Adult Contemporary, Vocal Pop, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 097347300122, 669910203729

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At the age of 16, Hollie turned Celtic music inside out. She reached #2 on the BBC Worldwide C charts and was nominated for "Celtic Album of the Year" by NAV. Combining soaring Celtic melodies with Hollie Smith's unique and talented vocals, Light From A Distant Shore is an album about love, life, happiness and sorrow. Hollie Smith is a prodigious artist and winner of the Best Vocalist award at the National Jazz Festival in her native land of New Zealand. Recorded, produced and engineered by award-winning Celtic artist, Steve McDonald (who also provides lead vocals on "Fields of Athenry" and "Fallen Flowers").

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CD Reviews

Beautiful songs and voice
JM | Columbus, OH | 02/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've been a fan of Hollie's for a few years now and agree with the other reviewers (except about adding Jazz tunes...). However, the Asheville, NC, fan is wrong about the meaning of "Skye Boat Song" (Charlie was born in Rome and grew up in France; and IIRC barely or rarely stepped foot in Scotland before the '45)... it is about the Bonnie Prince escaping after his defeat in the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion battle at Culloden Moor (April 1746). The reference in the lyrics: "Flora will keep/Watch by your weary head" is Flora MacDonald, who helped Prince Charlie escape (disguised as a woman).Hollie's voice outshines any number of the "popular" female singers today and this is definitely a cd worth having in your collection; you can't go wrong. And if you like Hollie, you must check out her step-father Steve McDonald."
Great album, but whose is it?
R. Scot Johns | Boise, Idaho United States | 03/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this cd. Hollie Smith's voice is lush and vibrant, and the compositions soothing and soulful. But I don't get it. Hollie composed none of the songs, wrote none of the lyrics, nor played a single instrument at any point on the album. All songs were composed by the highland champion himself, Steve McDonald, most of the music is performed by him, and he even sings the lead vocals on a few of the tracks! My question is: how did Hollie Smith get her name on this album??? If you like Steve McDonald (and you should), get this one, because it's really a Steve McDonald album! Not only is he an exceptional artist, but clearly he is a very generous soul as well."
Beautiful voice, beautiful cd
Christine L. Engleman | 02/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On my quest for more female singers, I stumbled upon the mp3 of "Gone" on Amazon. I thought it was good enough to at least give the CD I try, and I'm very glad I did.

Hollie Smith's has a sensual, deep smooth voice. When you pair her beautiful voice with Steven McDonald's lyrics, keyboard and percussion, this CD elevates itself above others in the genre. I actually find myself more drawn to the songs where both Hollie Smith and Steven McDonald sing ("Fields of Athenry" and "Fallen Flowers"), perhaps because of the ballad aspect of the two, but also because together, these singers make an absolutely winning combination. Regardless, if you've listened to "Gone" and still aren't sure, I suggest you buy it anyway. While "Gone" is a great song, it's not the best song on the album by far, in my opinion, and the lyrics aren't as good as others on the album. Songs like "Rowan Tree" (one about how a rowan tree reminds the narrator of her childhood), "Skye Boat Song" (a traditional ballad about Prince Charlie, smuggled out of Scotland to France), and "Amazing Grace" along with the two ballads named above stand out the most to me.

I've heard news that Hollie Smith is now in the process of making another album, and I'll be sure to snatch that one up as soon as it's available."